$1.55M Settlement Reached In David Bisard Suit

$1.55M Settlement Reached In David Bisard Suit

Wells Estate Says Civil Suit Settled

$1,550,000 settlement against City of Indianapolis arising from the death of a motorcyclist due to collision with intoxicated police officer, including civil rights claims.

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ABC RTV6 Indianapolis
POSTED: 2:11 pm EDT June 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — A settlement has been reached in civil lawsuits filed against Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the city.

The law firm representing the estate of Eric Wells reached a $1.55 million settlement and is before probate court for approval.

Wells died in the August 2010 crash in which Bisard struck a group of motorcyclists at a stop light. Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills were injured in the crash.

A blood-alcohol test in the aftermath of the crash showed that Bisard was intoxicated, prosecutors said.

In their lawsuit, the estate said the city and IMPD “were liable because Officer Bisard was grossly negligent in causing Eric’s death.”

“The basis for the gross negligence allegation was that Bisard was intoxicated and driving recklessly at high speed to a non-emergency he was not even dispatched for, while also using his in-vehicle computer for non-police business,” the law firm of Hummel Coan Miller Sage & Rose LLC said in its news release.

Mary Wells, the mother of Eric Wells, told RTV6 that while no amount of money will bring back her son, she is glad the settlement holds the city and Bisard accountable for their actions.

“We’re glad this part of it’s over. It gives us the opportunity to now concentrate on the criminal case and try to move on,” she said. “It at least shows the city was responsible, which is what we were wanting.”

Samantha Karn, corporation counsel for the city, said a settlement had been discussed from the very beginning.

“It was such a tragic incident. We’re just happy to have the settlement behind us,” she said. “We’re better served to settle the case than take it to trial.”

Earlier this month, the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety said that its internal investigation found no criminal intent in the transfer of a vial of blood central to the criminal case against Bisard.